It's Robert and I wanted to get a quick update to all our blog followers on mom's surgery yesterday. Dede just called and said it was a success and the doctor was pleased with how everything went. Having said that, the doctor also said it was a very difficult surgery where he had to "grind" out the bone that had been compressing the spinal cord and successfully insert cages between her vertebrae. The doctor was not able to use screws to hold everything together because the arthritic bone density was so dense that to try to insert screws could have injured the spinal cord or damaged nerves; the risk was not worth it.
Here is a link demonstrating the operation (http://www.beaconortho.com/education.htm, click spine then PLIF).
Today, mom was even walking, one day later! She will spend Thursday and Friday in the hospital and leave Saturday to continue recovering back home. She won't be able to lift anything heavier then 10/15 lbs for at least three months and she is experiencing lots of body pain so please keep her in prayer.
Thank you for all your kind comments and prayers! And thank God for His continued mercy and grace over both Mary and Dick and their healing!